Previews: Captain America: Civil War Posters, and more!

Plenty of blockbusters in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including Captain America: Civil War posters, X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence and more…

Captain America: Civil War Posters

Captain America: Civil War poster

Are you #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan? These new Captain America: Civil War posters highlight the division in the Avengers. Captain America: Civil War is as much a follow-up to Avengers: Age of Ultron as it is to 2014’s superlative Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and a host of other Marvel stars, Captain America: Civil War hits UK screens on 29th April 2016.

Captain America: Civil War Iron Man

Welcome To Me Trailer

Welcome To Me is about a lottery winner who decides to spend her winnings on creating her own talkshow. Kristen Wiig stars at the winner inspired by Oprah Winfrey, and the film also stars James Marsden, Wes Bentley and Joan Cusack. Welcome To Me will be released in cinemas and on Sky Store on 25th March 2016.

 

X-Men: Apocalypse Poster

X-Men: Apocalypse Poster

Michael Fassbender’s Magneto leads the four horsemen of the apocalypse in this new poster for X-Men: Apocalypse. The film sees the return of familiar characters from previous instalment as well as new additions played by Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner and others. X-Men: Apocalypse blasts onto UK screens on 18th May 2016.

Florence Foster Jenkins Trailer

Florence Foster Jenkins star Meryl Streep as the New York heiress. She has a desire to sing, but her voice does not live up to her concert-hall aspirations. Also starring Hugh Grant, the film is directed by Stephen Frears. Florence Foster Jenkins is released in cinemas on 6th May 2016.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children First Look

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

Well this looks mildly terrifying. Here is one of the first images released from Tim Burton’s upcoming Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Based on the bestselling novel, the film stars Eva Green, Allison Janney, and Samuel L. Jackson. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be released in UK cinemas in Autumn 2016.

Demolition Trailer

Demolition is about a successful investment banker who struggles to cope after the tragic death of his wife. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. Directed by Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Valleé, Demolition hits UK cinemas on 29th April 2016.

Independence Day: Resurgence Poster

IDR Poster

Here is a new poster for the delayed sequel Independence Day: Resurgence. The film is set twenty years after the original, and sees the return of director Roland Emmerich and cast members Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Vivica A. Fox. Independence Day: Resurgence launches on UK screens on 23rd June 2016.

Film Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club is an engrossing and thought-provoking drama with great performances from its cast.

In Dallas, 1985, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof is diagnosed with HIV. Given only a short time to live, Ron is desperate to get his hands on new medication that is in the testing stage. When this proves difficult to obtain, Ron takes matters into his own hands…

Based on real events, Jean-Marc Valleé’s Dallas Buyers Club illustrates an important but little-known struggle in the history of Aids treatment. However the triumph of Dallas Buyers Club is its character study.

At its core, Dallas Buyers Club is a characters study of protagonist Ron Woodroof. What makes the film absorbing is the fact that the character is multi-faceted and believable. Viewers are invited to sympathise with the character given his diagnosis, yet also be troubled by the views he espouses. Woodroof exudes charm in some contexts, whilst also being painted as the frustrated victim.

Writers Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack paint their characters and circumstances in realistic hues. In the background there is the political story of access Aids patients had to treatment in the 1980s, and the FDA procedures. As Dallas Buyers Club progresses, there is a shift in emphasis on the political. This works reasonably well as the protagonist is still at the heart of the action and the historical context provides food for thought.

Matthew McConaughey offers perhaps the strongest performance of his career as Ron Woodroof. Although the physical transformation is eye-catching, McConaughey delivers a comprehensively convincing performance. Jared Leto is also utterly superb as Rayon, with the physical transformation again being matched with a truly authentic portrayal. Jennifer Garner provides good support as Eve.

Given its subject matter, Dallas Buyers Club could have easily descended into cliched sentimentality. Instead, director Valleé keeps the tone steady. Dallas Buyers Club is a better film for it.